Emphasis Ambiguity

Often, time breaks and emphasis are used to change the connotations or implications of a sentence.  They are yet another layer of ambiguity inserted into language.

Sentence, with emphasis word bolded.

Connotations and Implications

I never claimed snake meat keeps you warm”

Someone else did, though.

“I never claimed snake meat keeps you warm”

The claim did not occur.

“I never claimed snake meat keeps you warm”

I did something else other than claim.

“I never claimed snake meat keeps you warm”

It was another type of meat.

“I never claimed snake meat keeps you warm”

It was another part of the snake.

“I never claimed snake meat keeps you warm”

Continuity of warmth provided in question.

“I never claimed snake meat keeps you warm”

It keeps someone other than you warm.

“I never claimed snake meat keeps you warm

It keeps you something other than warm.

The tokenizer should capture word differentiation (caps, bold) or in the case of voice the tone/emphasis would be discerned.  In the case of a text based parser it should set the tone of a sentence by viewing some RTF information, if available. Information on the sentence whole, and the individual words, should capture data on CAPS, bold, ital, underlined or “quoted” so emphasis and tone can be textually captured. 

Red dogs ate it.
Red dogs ATE it.
“Red dogs” ate it. 

Capturing the differentiation is step one.

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